Netflix and FilmDistrict, a multi-faceted acquisition, distribution, production, and financing company, today announced
a multi-year agreement through which first-run, theatrically-released films distributed by FilmDistrict will be licensed to Netflix for streaming over the Internet in the "pay TV window" a few months after their release on DVD.
Under the deal, major motion pictures that traditionally would
have been licensed to premium cable channels will flow instead
from FilmDistrict to Netflix for streaming to its members,
beginning in 2011.
Among the first films to be covered under the deal are "Drive,"
director Nicolas Winding Refn's adaptation of the James Sallis'
crime tale starring the Academy Award-nominated duo Ryan Gosling
and Carey Mulligan, and the sci-fi action adventure film
"Lockout," starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace, produced and
co-written by Luc Besson, and co-directed by James Mather and
Stephen St. Leger.